By Carmen M. Reinhart
This e-book offers proof that public money owed within the complex economies have surged in recent times to degrees now not recorded because the finish of global conflict II, surpassing the heights reached throughout the First international conflict and the nice melancholy. while, deepest debt degrees, fairly these of monetary associations and families, are in uncharted territory and are (in various levels) a contingent legal responsibility of the general public zone in lots of international locations. traditionally, excessive leverage episodes were linked to slower fiscal development and a better occurrence of default or, extra in general, restructuring of private and non-private bills. A extra sophisticated kind of debt restructuring within the guise of economic repression (which had its heyday throughout the tightly regulated Bretton Woods procedure) additionally importantly facilitated sharper and extra swift debt aid than might have another way been the case from the overdue Forties to the Nineteen Seventies. it truly is conjectured right here that the urgent wishes of governments to lessen debt rollover dangers and scale down emerging curiosity costs in gentle of the great debt overhang (combined with the frequent reputable aversion to particular restructuring) are resulting in a revival of economic repression, together with extra directed lending to govt by means of captive family audiences (such as pension funds), specific or implicit caps on rates of interest, and tighter rules on cross-border capital pursuits.
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Because our data span 44 countries with many going back to the 1800s or at least the beginning of the 19th century, our analysis is based on all the episodes of high (above 90 percent) debt for the post–World War II period; for the pre-war sample it covers all those for which data are available. 17 It is common knowledge that the United States emerged after World War II with a very high debt level. But this also held for Australia, Canada, and most markedly the United Kingdom, where public debt/GDP peaked at near 240 percent in 1948.
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